Here are some delicious light main dishes for those who might be feeling a bit overstuffed from the holidays or for those who simply enjoy eating light and healthy.
We selected 6 mains that are low calorie with great flavours and company-worthy. All but one can be made in 30 minutes or less and all but one are gluten free.
Kale Hazelnut Charred Onion Slaw with Chicken get the recipe
Try this fresh, light Kale Hazelnut Charred Onion Slaw as a topping for chicken (or salmon) for a healthy, low-cal meal. The lemon, charred caramelized onions and toasted hazelnuts pack a punch. Or toss the topping with ravioli for a vegetarian version.
Maple-Ginger Salmon With Peach Salsa get the recipe
Mouthwatering, light and very flavourful, this dish is a great dinner party dish. Even non salmon-lovers will become fans. The maple, ginger, soy and garlic glaze is fantastic. Add the fresh peach salsa spiked with lime, honey and balsamic – amazing. Very simple to prepare and you can use mango instead of peach if you prefer.
Roasted Halibut with Tomatoes and Capers get the recipe
The halibut is silky and the tomato-caper-oregano topping adds bold earthy flavours to this mild white fish. Serve it to guests to impress or as an easy weeknight dinner in less than 30 minutes.
Herb Smothered Shrimp Over Creamy Polenta get the recipe
This dish features soft cheesy Polenta topped with plump shrimp in a fresh zingy herby, lemony, garlicky dressing. Quick and easy. the whole dish is ready in 15 minutes if you use quick cooking polenta.
Roast Turkey Breast With Pear Chutney get the recipe
This light, healthy turkey breast is simple to make, yet looks and tastes elegant. It can stand on its own with a couple of sides or you can marry it with the typical turkey fare of stuffing and gravy. The actual hands-on time is less than 30 minutes.
Spaghetti Squash With Roasted Vegetables get the recipe
This recipe is all about healthy, low cal and satisfying. The shortcuts will get this veggie comfort food on the table in under 30 minutes. If you’re tired of salads or feel guilty about indulging too much lately, this guilt-free dish might just do the trick.